'Dark Knight Rises' Dominates Home Entertainment Charts in First Week

"The Dark Knight Rises"
"The Dark Knight Rises"
 Warner Bros.

Batman fever gripped home video consumers the week ending Dec. 9, as Warner Home Video’s The Dark Knight Rises and a trilogy with all three Batman films topped the national home video sales chart.

The Dark Knight Rises debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. Debuting at No. 2 was the Dark Knight Trilogy set, which includes Dark Knight Rises as well as 2005’s Batman Begins and 2008’s The Dark Knight.

Sony Pictures’ Men in Black 3 slipped to No. 3 on First Alert after debuting the prior week at No. 2, while Walt Disney Studios’ Brave finished at No. 4 after topping the chart a week earlier. Rounding out the First Alert top 5 was another Disney title, Finding Nemo, that made its Blu-ray Disc debut last week.

On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, Nemo debuted at No. 3, with Men in Black 3 falling to No. 4 from No. 1 the previous week and Brave slipping to No. 5 from No. 2.

 With Christmas fast approaching, three Warner holiday titles from years past are back on the overall disc sales chart: Elf at No. 9, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at No. 11 and Polar Express at No. 16.

On Home Media Magazine‘s rental chart for the week, Men in Black 3 remains at No. 1 for the second consecutive week, with Anchor Bay’s Lawless moving up a notch to No. 2 from its No. 3 debut the previous week.

The Sony Pictures comedy Hope Springs debuted at No. 3. The film stars Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep as a middle-age couple seeking to re-ignite the spark in their marriage after 30 years together and grossed $63.5 million in U.S. theaters.

Hope Springs debuted at No. 7 on the First Alert sales chart.

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